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FOLK COLLECTION 11: The Skaggs Foundation Cowboy Poetry Collection

Date of Items: 1890-present
Register Prepared by: Randy Williams and Susan Gross, April 2004
Register Updated by: Randy Williams, 23 December 2009
Excel database transfered to MYSQL and uploaded (replacing PHP data): Colin Jackson, Fall 2010
MYSQL database updated: Randy Williams, January 2012
Linear Feet:20

Historical Note & Provenance

Folk Coll 11 is Utah State University's cowboy poetry collection. The collection, originally created by a generation donation by the L. J. and Mary Skaggs Foundation, includes books gathered during a fieldwork project in the early 1980s to document cowboy poetry in the U.S. west (see Folk Coll 11f). From this important fieldwork project came the impetus for the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering held in January 1985 in Elko, Nevada. Since that time, each January, the Fife Folklore Archives staff take the collection and Access database (that details each book, poem, author, first line and key words), to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for offsite use. Through University purchases and generation donations from poets and collectors, this collection continues to grow.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 20 linear feet of books on cowboy poetry, including press and self published works. The collection can be accessed through USU Libraries online catalog.

As well, poem titles and keywords found in each book in the collection are included in the database below. To use, type in the search term. Tip: Try and use an uncommon word from the poem to ensure less "hits." For instance, if you enter "boots" you will get many hits; but if you enter "bones" you will most liley get fewer "hits" or poems and find the item you seek faster. To return to the search page, click "home" at the bottom of the page.


Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
26540 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 24 Henry Real Bird Pour Me A Dream What do you think pour me a dream turn my feeling on pour me a dream in the peaceful flow of a feelin' downstream around the fire's glow ride with me dream, rodeo, towns, drunk
26541 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 26 Henry Real Bird Mornin' After Yesterday I'm the feelin', morning after yesterday just before the sun a little beyond nothing on this side of everything this is where it's tough thinkin' of love lonesome, break, goodbye, adore
26542 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 27 Henry Real Bird Red Scarf Boots and jinks silver bit and silver spurs eased into the dawn to walk out kinks horse like shiney, free of burrs trotted into day I'm ridin' bay If you can see the beauty colors, sunrise, stars, shadow, beauty
26543 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 28 Henry Real Bird Driftwood Feelin' How much longer do you want to be in the wind Elk River's edge there I'm standin' lookin' for a feelin' in the roar of the water come down river lookin' around feelin' gotta roam. hearts, love, stars, cottonwood, river
26544 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 29 Henry Real Bird Rawhide Laced Distant faint roar of thunder pulsatin' flashes of lightnin' somewhre over the horizon towards the Powder River here livin' a wonder like in white lightnin' thunder USA, Big Horn, mute, gold, rain, stalking
26545 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 32 Henry Real Bird The Evolutionary Alfonso Delupe' Just to see the awes, of the mountains is good enough a view of Crazy Mountains just to be, is good enough you see, this was a free country before America ever was under the laws of nature memories, pollution, evolutionary, Queen Liz
26551 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 39 Henry Real Bird values It's just that the wind blows and drives me crazy it's just that when the wind blows it drive me crazy so many lives I could've lived but this is what I chose taxation, civilization, boss, spiled horses
26547 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 33 Henry Real Bird Horizon People People, at the horizon where the sky and ground are one to there some people run they're nowhere, from nowhere they'll be gone they are neither in the sky or on the ground society, tuexdo, clan, sky
26548 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 34 Henry Real Bird Puff At one time, a long timea go, when silence was and not a word there evolved a feelin' in this mankind the need to be wanted not taunted to return along haunted stuck in a bind local bar, imagine, groovy, music
26549 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 35 Henry Real Bird Among Shootin' Stars Sold bronc saddle foreclosed cows through the broken pieces of shattered dreams the dremer wrote this from the hollowed feeling of a cloud above Thompson Creek California, coyote, buffalo, flowers, mountain
26550 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 37 Henry Real Bird Cowboy Doc The bellerin' of a calf from the cowboy doctor for a better count on Paleface the mount who jumped away from his shadow at the drop of snow from Ponderosa limb fire, crescent moon, mist
26552 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 41 Henry Real Bird Otter Woman So much you can read and feel wrote this for a feelin' you might now. Times have changed but I've not changed love you more then I did before guessin' and hopin' hopeless, clouds, beautiful woman, flame
26553 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 43 Henry Real Bird Love Is A Lady Wrote this, onece, startin' day anew snowfall at night, fresh snow in mornin'. No tracks in front startin' day anew never used to tire of thinkin' of you loneliness, dawn, beauty, dream, half moon
26554 Where Shadows Are Born FC 11 B-73 45 Henry Real Bird Heart My heart inside I still love you last night I dremt, I saw you. You, with I traveled my heart was good when your hand I held but then I traveled awake from dream that's good upstream, silver, bison blood, ecological
26555 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 1 Jo Casteel I Can Talk To You Hey there, mi Amigo-ya know life it sure is rough, and sometimes this lil' heart-it dang sure feels tough. But I'm glad yer here to listen-somedays folks ain't got the time, school, teased, foolish, ribbon, daydream
26557 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 3 Jo Casteel It's The Little Things It's funny how the little things, about our life remain, the things that make ya smile, and keep yer brain cells sane. Today I sat a watchin', for a quiet moment there, cows, permitted, neighbors, hay
26558 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 4 Jo Casteel Battle Scars And Bonds One day out on this outfit, a young gunsel rides on in, Just packin' his ol' bedroll, with a hat as black as sin. A friendly kinda fella, with a longin' for a place, hoof mark, lucky, horses, steers
26560 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 6 Jo Casteel Have You Ever Had? Have you ever had a day, when pert near everything went wrong? when even that ol' meadowlark had trouble with his song. When you got up outta bed, wind, ranked, stubbron, joke, lease
26561 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 8 Jo Casteel Feed Bunks Oh, the misery of the feed bunk, has gone and weighed me down. It's the pain of every rancher, who lives so far from town. It's a mighty raw ol' subject, junk, bothersome, bunks, fight
26562 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 9 Jo Casteel Sorry, Ol' Friend You're a blind ol' dog, and stove up too, and I know what must be done, and I figger that it's only fair, that I should be the one-to talk to yer life as you have lived, suffer, peacefulness, lonesome, silent, stars, bars, jackpot
26563 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 11 Jo Casteel Takin' Time To Care Our trails crossed by accident, our meeting was pure fate, and the cowboy that I met that night, had just been "give the gate". For his heart was broke in pieces, lies, soul, pride, kindness
26564 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 12 Jo Casteel The Cowboy Streakers She'd sure like to say, what she thought on that day, but a lady sh'ant think of such things, but she'll tell you it nice, but not tell you twice, rings, cactus, wagon, streaker
26565 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 14 Jo Casteel What Is Love? I asked a cowboy what love meant, least ways, to him, I said. and he waited for a moment, then tipped his hat back on his head. He said he wasn't no philosopher, honesty, freedom, leather, critter
26566 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 17 Jo Casteel He's Here With Me I watched the moon shinin' bright on the prairie tonight, and it's brilliance pierced right to my soul. Was an awesome lone fear, as I lay on my gear. Jesus, spirit, couraged, guides, trail
26567 Cowboys And Kids FC 11 C-61 18 Jo Casteel My Mom And I My Mom she says I'm gowin', and a woman soon I'll be, she says i'm learnin' lessons 'bout someone special-and that's me. My Mom she says that lovin' is the roughest job of all, dignity, patience, gentle, family